Personal Profile

Full Name Ryan Guillen
Age 40
Race Hispanic
Occupation Investor
Education B.S., Texas A&M University
Spouse: Dalinda

Ryan Guillen is the representative of Texas’ House District 31, first elected in 2002. The district includes Starr, Duval, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Willacy, Kenedy, McMullen, La Salle, Live Oak, and Atascosa counties.

Guillen is serving as chair of the Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee and sits on the Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee. Guillen previously served as Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism as well as served on the Public Education and Election Contest Committees. In 2007, Representative Guillen was appointed to The Energy Council, a multi-state board that meets to collaborate on energy policy for the future. Representative Guillen is a member of the Democratic Caucus and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

Guillen also represents the Texas House of Representatives as a member of the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), a program administered by the Council of State Governments (CSG)-WEST and its regional partner in the South, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). The BLC is a bi-national program that brings together legislators to resolve problems, to address environmental issues, and to leverage economic opportunities for citizens on both sides of the international border. BLC members are legislators from the ten states along the U.S.-Mexico border: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in the U.S., and Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas in Mexico.

Guillen worked as a rancher, educator, and small businessman in Starr County. He completed his education with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station. His family includes many generations of teachers and ranchers, traditions that he continues.

Guillen is a native of Starr County. The Representative and his wife Dalinda were raised in Rio Grande City where they attended public school. They both graduated from Texas A&M University. Guillen and his wife welcomed their first daughter, Cinco Demi Guillen, in 2010 and their second daughter, Viva Bonita Guillen, in 2013.

Information in this bio was provided by Guillen's office.
Last updated: March 19, 2015.